Skyharbor, ERRA, The Contortionist, and TesseracT have embarked on arguably one of the best progressive metal tours in the United States so far this year. This night of the tour at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia was the kickoff night as well as the first Skyharbor performance in the US. Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of traffic on my trek from Baltimore. However, I was able to catch the last 3 songs of Skyharbor’s set. Their new vocalist, Eric Emery, seemed to fit seamlessly into the rest of the band, given that this performance was also his first ever live performance with Skyharbor. ERRA came on stage next and put on a high-energy show, as they always do despite frontman, Ian Eubanks, suffering from vocal cord damage. Following ERRA was The Contortionist. The band played 6 tracks from their most recent album, Language, but kept things fresh by adding improvisation, harmonization, and engaging song transitions. TesseracT, however, stole the show. Energy was bursting from the stage from the moment they played their first notes. It seems that TesseracT finally feel at home with Dan Tompkins back on vocals. The whole band was tight to the point that I thought I was listening to their actual CD tracks at times.
Please enjoy these photos of this incredible night. Check back in in December for a tour recap and additional photos from the second to last stop of the tour in Baltimore!
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